Sunset at Chajnantor

Sun is setting over the stunning Mars-like landscape of the Chajnantor plateau, located at 5000 metres altitude in the Chilean Andes, some 50 km away from San Pedro de Atacama. In the picture, taken from a nearby 5300-metre hill known as “Cerro Chico” (literally, the “Little Mountain”) towards the south-east, the APEX telescope is visible. APEX is a 12-metre antenna, operating at millimetre and submillimetre wavelengths and it is the pathfinder experiment for ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, currently under construction at the same site.

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About the Image

Id:apex-hh-sunset
Type:Photographic
Release date:14 June 2010, 17:21
Size:6144 x 3763 px

About the Object

Name:Atacama Desert, Chajnantor
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Feature : Surface
• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory
• X - APEX

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